Every single thing we eat has a carbon footprint — even if it’s local and organic. In fact, food as a sector is responsible for 26% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Take a minute to think about that.
As a hospitality company, we feel it is our responsibility not to externalize the costs and consequences of our carbon footprint onto vulnerable communities and future generations.
At Purslane, we're committed to reducing our footprint, offsetting what we can't eliminate by investing in carbon negative initiatives, and creating zero waste in the process. Here's what that means.
In the simplest terms, carbon neutrality means your carbon footprint has been reduced or offset to be net zero. But it’s a bit more complicated than that. There are actually three different kinds of emissions that go into your carbon footprint. Scope 1 emissions are all direct emissions from the activities of the organization; Scope 2 emissions are indirect emissions from electricity; and Scope 3 emissions are all other indirect emissions from the activities of the organization, i.e. from sources that are not under the organization's direct control. Scope 3 is, by far, the biggest chunk of the pie. Many companies that claim to be carbon neutral are only looking at Scope 1.
We measure not only the carbon impact of our operations, but also the impact of the entire supply chain that provides us with food to serve. We analyze where and how we source our energy and our food, as well as the means by which we get it to you, so that we are taking responsibility for the full carbon life cycle of our products. This, we feel, is a baseline responsibility.
As Purslane, we are also committed to creating zero waste. That means we tightly plan our menu, operation, and ordering to eliminate the need for trash and that we compost, recycle, and upcycle 100% of what we purchase to make our food.
As a company, we're working to become even more aggressively sustainable. That means eliminating plastic completely and offering services to help our community reduce their carbon footprint.